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Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football buffs in looking at what to expect from the FIFA World Cup final.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

The England squad have been dubbed heroes by the media on the morning after they crashed out of the World Cup semi-final, losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time.

France will have 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

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While Croatia fans began celebrating into the night in wild scenes of fireworks and frivolity in capital city Zagreb, their England counterparts walked home leaving a deserted mess of empty bottles and unwanted flags.

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Kartik Krishnaiyer: This World Cup Final could be a classic capstone to what has been a great tournament - one of the best of our lifetimes.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of objective in the team".

"We have two days to prepare".

"Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that".

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

"The aim now is not to have to wait another 20 odd years to get in another big semi-final", said the tournament's top scorer. We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were unbelievable. And I know we will.

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